Social Media and the Workplace

Social Media and the Workplace. Pew Research Center. Kenneth Olmstead et al. June 22, 2016.

Social media influences and permeates many aspects of daily life for Americans today, and the workforce is no exception. These digital platforms offer the potential to enhance worker productivity by fostering connections with colleagues and resources around the globe. At the same time, employers might worry that employees are using these tools for non-work purposes while on the job or engaging in speech in public venues that might reflect poorly on their organization. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Parents, Teens and Digital Monitoring

Parents, Teens and Digital Monitoring. Pew Research Center. Monica Anderson. January 7, 2016.

The widespread adoption of various digital technologies by today’s teenagers has added a modern wrinkle to a universal challenge of parenthood, specifically, striking a balance between allowing independent exploration and providing an appropriate level of parental oversight. Digital connectivity offers many potential benefits from connecting with peers to accessing educational content. But parents have also voiced concerns about the behaviors teens engage in online, the people with whom they interact and the personal information they make available. Indeed, these concerns are not limited to parents. Lawmakers and advocates have raised concerns about issues such as online safety, cyberbullying and privacy issues affecting teens. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Teens, Technology and Friendships

Teens, Technology and Friendships. Pew Research Center. Amanda Lenhart. August 6, 2015.

For American teens, making friends isn’t just confined to the school yard, playing field or neighborhood – many are making new friends online. Fully 57% of teens ages 13 to 17 have made a new friend online, with 29% of teens indicating that they have made more than five new friends in online venues. Most of these friendships stay in the digital space; only 20% of all teens have met an online friend in person. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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New Technologies for Constitution Making

New Technologies for Constitution Making. U.S. Institute of Peace. Jason Gluck and Brendan Ballou. April 29, 2014.

The report explores the role of new technologies in increasing participation of constitution making. Gluck and Ballou look at how using technology during the constitution-making process can strengthen the trust between citizen and government, build national unity, and promote reconciliation. New technologies, such as the web, including email, Facebook, and Twitter, and mobile phones, are opportunities to engage and educate citizens and build public awareness. Citing examples in Iceland, Ghana, and Somalia, among others, the authors illustrate the scope of these new technologies, the risks, and what may come from them in the future. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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The EU Elections on Twitter

The EU Elections on Twitter. Pew Research Journalism Project. Katerina Eva Matsa and Mark Jurkowitz. May 22, 2014.

An analysis of the conversation on Twitter leading up to the European Parliament elections suggests mixed sentiment toward the European Union (EU) and a general lack of passion about the candidates seeking the European Commission presidency. More than 1.2 million tweets in English, French and German collected between May 1-14, a decidedly mixed view about the EU emerged. In English, 31% of the assertions on Twitter about the EU were positive toward the EU, compared with 39% that were negative and 30% that were neutral. The Twitter conversation in French broke down the same basic way, 33% positive, 39% negative and 28% neutral. And while the German language conversation about the EU on Twitter was much more positive (39%) than negative (5%), these views were embedded in a low intensity conversation that represented a mere fraction of the Twitter activity in French and English. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Millennials in Adulthood: Detached from Institutions, Networked with Friends

Millennials in Adulthood: Detached from Institutions, Networked with Friends. Pew Research Social & Demographic Trends. March 7, 2014.

The Millennial generation is forging a distinctive path into adulthood. Now ranging in age from 18 to 33, they are relatively unattached to organized politics and religion, linked by social media, burdened by debt, distrustful of people, in no rush to marry, and optimistic about the future.They are also America’s most racially diverse generation. In all of these dimensions, they are different from today’s older generations. And in many, they are also different from older adults back when they were the age Millennials are now. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Couples, the Internet, and Social Media

Couples, the Internet, and Social Media. Pew Internet & American Life Project. Amanda Lenhart and Maeve Duggan. February 11, 2014.

As technology becomes more deeply integrated into people’s lives, couples are feeling both the positive and negative effects of digital communications tools in their relationships. Fully 27% of online adults who are married or in committed relationships say that the internet has had an impact on their relationships; and a majority of them say that impact has been positive. However, technology is also seen as a negative source of distraction in some relationships; 25% of cell owners in serious relationships say the phone distracts their spouse or partner when they are alone together. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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